Tag Archives: rare birds

First Wahlberg’s Eagle for Tunisia and 3rd for the Western Palearctic

An adult Wahlberg’s Eagle (Hieraaetus wahlbergi) photographed in spring 2018 at El Haouaria, Cap Bon, northern Tunisia (Mohamed El Golli). This is the first record for Tunisia and the third for the Western Palearctic. Not only that, it’s the first adult and the most northern record for the Western Palearctic (WP). The first for the… Read More »

African Silverbills at Tamanrasset, southern Algeria

The African Silverbill (Euodice cantans) is distributed mainly across the Sahel region, East Africa and in the south and south-west of the Arabian Peninsula. There are also some isolated populations on both sides of the Sahel. In the Western Palearctic, the species breeds only in southern Algeria but its status is poorly known. For example,… Read More »

First record of Western Reef Egret for Algeria

The nearest breeding populations of the Western Reef Eegret (Egretta gularis) to Northwest Africa are located in coastal West Africa (nominate subspecies) and in the Red Sea (subspecies schistacea). On 17 July 2018, a dark-morph Western Reef Egret was observed in the Mekhada marches, a Ramsar site located in the wilaya of El Tarf, northeast… Read More »

Four Richard’s Pipits and an Olive-backed Pipit in Morocco

At least four Richard’s Pipits (Anthus richardi) at Dayet Dar Bouazza, and an Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni) at an urban park in Rabat. While both Asian pipit species are rare in Morocco, the former is much more regular and even winters in small numbers at some sites, the latter is much rarer. Richard’s Pipit On… Read More »

Non-juvenile Cinereous Vulture and Yellow-browed Warbler, Morocco

Some recent interesting observations in Morocco: A Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus) at the centre of Morocco’s capital. This would be the 19th record for Morocco. The founder of the bird, Pedro Fernandes, said in an email: I finally managed to record the Yellow-browed Warbler at the Jardin d’Essais in Rabat. The bird was first detected… Read More »

Hooded Crows at Ichkeul National Park, Tunisia

Two Hooded Crows (Corvus cornix) photographed at Ichkeul National Park, northern Tunisia on 28 December 2013 (Mohamed El Golli). Mohamed took the photo against the light, and from a distance the birds appeared dark like Common Ravens. The photo was then ignored until discovered in his archive last month. The species is a rarity in… Read More »

First record of Eastern Imperial Eagle for Tunisia and Northwest Africa

An Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca) was photographed in spring 2017 at El Haouaria, northern Tunisia (Mohamed El Golli). El Haouaria, located at the extreme north-east of the Cap Bon peninsula, is known as a major point for migratory raptors following the Central Mediterranean Flyway (continental Italy-Sicily-Tunisia). In our opinion, this is the first record… Read More »